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From the blog: Digital photo albums in south-east Turkey - Anytime I become close to a family after having visited them at least a couple of times, my new friends usually show me their family photo albums. So far this has happened in every house I’ve been to. After talking, eating and drinking tea together, they ask me if I want to have a [...] http://ow.ly/2JUDVK
Elisabetta Costa shows the importance of the photo albums in her field-site and highlights the way the camera phone is extending and changing the practice of storing and showing picture.
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All nine researchers of the Global Social Media Impact Study come together to compare how people experience the World Cup in each field site.
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From the blog: Thinking of writing cultures - This blog post will try to give just a short glimpse of what our collective work means and how we envisage doing it. This May, the entire project team reunited in London. This came after roughly twelve months fieldwork for each of us. Imagine nine anthropologists (Elisabetta Costa, Nell Haynes, Tom McDonald, Daniel Miller, Razvan [...] http://ow.ly/2IfWR5
This blog post will try to give just a short glimpse of what our collective work means and how we envisage doing it. This May, the entire project team reunited in London. This came after roughly twelve months fieldwork for each of us. Imagine nine anthropologists (Elisabetta Costa, Nell Haynes, Tom McDonald, Daniel Miller, Razvan [...]
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From the blog: Global Social Media Impact Study talks at the British Museum http://ow.ly/2GUjZk
Information about talks on Global Social Media Impact Study research at the Royal Anthropological Institute conference at the British Museum.
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From the blog: Teens are obsessed about spell checking thanks to Facebook http://ow.ly/2JtyBi
The post presents a case study on the impact of Facebook on education and learning and how low income teens are learning to write better due to Facebook.
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From the blog: The World Cup on social media worldwide - In these weeks, many of the world’s eyes are trained on the new football stadiums in towns around Brazil as one of the great global sports spectacles unfolds in its most recent manifestation. Of course not all are watching just to cheer on their national team or see who wins. Many are curious (and critical) [...] http://ow.ly/2J4IWa
All nine researchers of the Global Social Media Impact Study come together to compare how people experience the World Cup in each field site.
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From the blog: The aesthetics of the field - Sometimes, leaving “the field” and returning can be incredibly productive. Sometimes it is because it gives you time to think and plan, while in a different mindset. Other times, it is because the return throws differences into stark relief with the life one leads in other places. Both have been true for me in the [...] http://ow.ly/2IxjAa
Nell Haynes describes how aesthetics play a role in understanding her fieldsite in Chile.
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From the blog: Our Timetable and Publishing Plans - With all of us (apart from Nell who started later) having completed a year’s fieldwork we met for consultation for the month of May. On June 1st everyone returned to the field for 3 months further research. During May we also discussed our plans for publications and wider dissemination. We don’t just want to research new [...] http://ow.ly/2Hrqzm
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From the blog: The no make-up Selfie - My previous blog post was about the Selfie and our failure to acknowledge its varieties including the `uglie’ and the poignancy of a Selfie that proclaimed someone as cancer free. But in general the Selfie is something that has been largely restricted to younger people in my fieldsite. I now want to extend the previous [...] http://ow.ly/2G9zdV
My previous blog post was about the Selfie and our failure to acknowledge its varieties including the `uglie’ and the poignancy of a Selfie that proclaimed someone as cancer free. But in general the Selfie is something that has been largely restricted to younger people in my fieldsite. I now want to extend the previous [...]
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From the blog: Who Am I? The Case of Caste Related Profiles on Facebook http://ow.ly/2Fz7As
  The above cartoon says it all. There are quite a few cases here in my field site as well as in the villages closer to it where this sort of double existence on Social Networking Sites (SNS) seems natural and required. The thinking being that this was the right thing to do in order [...]
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Researching and understanding the impact of social media for humankind
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The UCL Global Social Media Impact Study based at the UCL Department of Anthropology is dedicated to understanding the implications of social media use for global humankind and society, and explaining their significance for the future of the social sciences.